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Indonesia Considering Removing Quarantine For Bali In April

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Indonesia is considering relaxing quarantine restrictions for travelers arriving in Bali by April. The government is pivoting towards “living with the virus”. The country officially reopened for tourists on February 4th, but it is not easy to travel there as of now.

Bali International Airport

A representative from the government stated on Monday “We need to find that balance between the need to maintain health and the need to maintain the economy.” It is expected that by April, the government will drop all quarantine restrictions and possibly the second PCR test upon arrival. A much-needed change of pace for the battered Bali economy.

Bali International Airport


Currently, all visitors should have a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure. They will also need to take another PCR test on the 3rd day of quarantine, with a negative result required for release. Travelers must also hold proof of health insurance with a coverage value of at least US$ 100,000 for the treatment of COVID-19. In addition to that, travelers need to get a visa before coming to the country but we’ll discuss that more later.
Bali is a wildly popular destination for digital nomads, backpackers, and tourists. Social media influencers and retirees alike would line the shores of this beautiful destination. Before the Pandemic, 60% of the island’s economy was based on tourism. 

Girl in Bali with Mask


The country has been slower than some of its neighbors to announce reopening, previously adhering to the controversial “Zero COVID” policy. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, The Philippines, Thailand, and Sri Lanka have all partially opened their borders.

Bali Coast


So finally, travelers will be able to return to Bali, right? Well, Maybe.

Several issues still stand in the way of Bali becoming the flourishing tourist destination that it once was. 

Bali
  • The visa on arrival program is not being put back in place as of now. This means that travelers need to apply for a visa before traveling to Indonesia, which can be expensive and time-consuming and certainly does not appeal to those living the jet-setter life. 
  • Many airlines have not yet reinstated their routes to Bali because of the lack of demand and strict restrictions. The first international flight carrying tourists to Bali arrived yesterday from Singapore. More flights are expected in March, but airlines are being cautious. 
Tourists on a beach in Bali
  • Travelers are hesitant to return to places that had strict and quickly changing restrictions. We see this evident in the tourism numbers of other Southeast Asian countries and Australia. It’s understandable that travelers may not want to book or plan a trip to a place with no guarantee that they will be able to carry it out. Bali partially reopened its borders in October 2021, and only 45 International travelers have entered since then. 
bali beach

To Summarize,


At the current time, the Indonesian government has prohibited foreign visitors from transiting and traveling to Indonesian territory unless they are in possession of a valid residence permit or certain classes of visas. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travelers, including U.S. citizens, remains suspended. The government has not indicated a timeline for when the restrictions on international visitors will expire.

Working Holiday Visa


If you do have one of these visas, you will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure. They will also need to take another PCR test on the 3rd day of quarantine. You’ll also need proof of health insurance with a coverage value of at least US$ 100,000 for the treatment of COVID-19.
As the rest of Southeast Asia moves out of these outdated pandemic era restrictions, we can only hope the Indonesian government moves quickly to remove their restrictions. As they will not want to miss another tourist season.

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Liza Windfuhr

Sunday 20th of February 2022

100.000 USD, health insurance, guys hold your ...lets go to Bali for vacation ....for another 2 years ,Iam Indonesian I know my goverment when they make rules its not make sence its alwyas ridicoulus and sound Silly

James

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Enough of quarantines. Tests and useless lockdowns. Stop destroying people's income

ajdj

Thursday 17th of February 2022

why is this being considered. just do it or the island will never recover

Tina

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Many countries need to finally understand that they are only losing while gaining absolutely nothing by keeping tourists out because of unfounded, ridiculous restrictions that have negligible or zero epidemiological value. There is no gain for them to be had - only damages. I've been to Bali many times and once lived there for a few months - and I can not even imagine the absolutely devastating blow these insane restrictions have meant for the population. The cure has now officially become worse than the disease.

Annie

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

@Richard, true

Richard

Friday 18th of February 2022

No VISA on arrival as well? The Balinese government should not complain about no tourism income if they continue to prevent tourism itself. No quarantine and VISA on arrival are game-changers.